Magnetic Belt Clip
Jetco Digital Torque Wrench
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Of all the ways to fasten objects, threaded fasteners are probably
the most common and effective. But so much trickery lies inside:
designers must consider temperature, material, size and pitch of
the fastener, number of threads engaged, type of loading, and on
and on. Knowing all this, how does one accurately control the joint?
With an accurate torque wrench, of course, calibrated to within
1% of indicated torque! The Jetco ED-50F wrench meets these
needs with a digital meter indicating the real-time torque on the
fastener, three LEDs that light in stages as you approach your
pre-programmed torque limit, and a buzzer that lets you know
when you’ve exceeded your torque setting. With more options like
peak hold and RS-232 data output, this wrench is the duck’s guts
when it comes to accurately tightening fasteners. —Luigi Oldani
I’ve always liked those magnetic
dishes that some mechanics have on
their toolboxes to hold metal odds
and ends, but MagnoGrip is even
better. It sticks on you! The belt clip
is perfect for those little metal components that are easy to misplace.
It takes a little while to get used
to; the first hour or so, I kept forgetting where I’d put things, only to
find them attached to my belt clip.
The magnet is so strong, I stuck a
file on there and it didn’t budge.
MagnoGrip also makes magnetic
suspenders, tool belts, and wristbands, so you never need to lose
anything again (but don’t get too
close to your computer). Plus
wearing one of these, you’ll get
serious geek points. —Kris Magri
Tim Lillis is a jack of all trades, master
of none — except for illustration.
Kris Magri is an engineering intern at
MAKE who gets serious geek points.
Justin Morris is an avid guitarist and
Luigi Oldani is a mechanical engineer
in Oakland, Calif., who believes strongly
in accurately torqued fasteners.
The Logitech Harmony One is unlike any universal
remote you’ve ever used. It does away with the
large touchscreen and adds buttons that not only
make it more functional than its predecessor, but
incredibly easy to use whether day or night.
Harmony remotes are unique in that they can
control just about anything. After installing the
program on your Mac or PC, you need only to connect the remote to the computer and tell it what
products you want it to work with: TVs, music and
video systems, game consoles, and thousands of
home appliances. From there, you can choose the
devices with the remote’s touchscreen and control
every device in the house. You’ll quickly find it’s
well worth the cost of admission. — Don Reisinger
Meara O’Reilly is an intern at CRAFT.
John Edgar Park works at Walt
Disney Animation Studios and hosts
the upcoming series Make:TV.
Don Reisinger is a popular technology
columnist. Check out what he’s up to
Carol Scott has seven grown children
and collects pictures drawn by her 15
Alex Sugg is an outdoor enthusiast
from Winston-Salem, N.C.
Nat Torkington’s kids love to ask him,
“What did the dinosaurs program in
when you were a boy, Daddy?”
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